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A Snapshot into.. Sunderland

  • August 03, 2020

Sunderland is a City, situated at the mouth of the River Wear on Englands North East Coastline, with the best of both City and Countryside living – combining the hustle of a thriving city with fresh sea air and access to the great outdoors. Just a short journey to Newcastle, Sunderland is popular for both commuters and residents, with a total population of around 277,417.

The South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust provides Acute hospital and community based healthcare services to a population of around 430,000 people in South Tyneside and Sunderland. The Trust have a dedicated team of over 8,000 staff. Within Sunderland specifically, the Trust operates across 5 sites: Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Sunderland Children’s Centre, St Benedict’s Hospice and Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation Unit.

Facts About Sunderland

  • Each year, on the last weekend of July, the City hosts the Sunderland International Airshow, which is the largest free air show in Europe
  • England’s first ever stained glass window was created in the city in 647 AD.
  • Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Sunderland – Lewis Carroll said he took inspiration from Sunderland and the northeast for a number of his works.
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, on Borough Road, was the first municipally funded museum in the country outside London.
  • The City of Sunderland now has approximately 78 commemorative blue plaques spread out across the city, which mark buildings, places of interest or influential people with connections to the city.

Cost of Living in Sunderland

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey


It is important to note that Sunderland is very well-connected, making it easy to get around, both within the city and further afield. The Tyne and Wear Metro, the second-largest metro system in the UK, serves Sunderland, linking the city with Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. From Sunderland, Newcastle is just 30 minutes on the Metro, making commuting quick, easy and affordable.


Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Sunderland to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


3 Hour 58 Minutes


8 Hours 49 Minutes


8 Hours 58 Minutes


3 Hours 59 Minutes


22 Minutes


6 Hours 54 Minutes


4 Hours 46 Minutes


2 Hours 27 Minutes

Education in Sunderland:

According to the information available on the government website, Sunderland is home to 94 Primary Schools and a further 28 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Sunderland City Council’s website here.

The City is also home to the University of Sunderland, a research university offering hundreds of undergraduate and post graduate courses. With over 20,000 students based in campuses across the North East Coast, in London and Hong Kong, the University is known for providing quality student experiences that result in successful graduates. Around a fifth of the Universities students come from outside of the UK and each year they welcome new students from over 100 countries. The University was ranked 9th in the ‘International’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSC) 2019.

Things to do in Sunderland:

Sunderland International Airshow

The Sunderland International Air Show usually takes place over three days on the last weekend of July, and the air display is held over the coastline at Seaburn and Roker in Sunderland. With high-speed jets, breathtaking display teams and precision flying in the air and a massive choice of activities on the ground, there's something for all the family at this action-packed weekend. The Royal Navy also traditionally have a warship off the coast every year.


You’ll find the heart of Sunderland’s shopping scene in The Bridges Shopping Centre, an indoor mall which houses more than 90 retailers. There’s also an up-and-coming independent shopping scene in Sunderland and an eclectic mix of locally owned businesses in the Park Lane Shopping Village to suit every occasion. Slightly further afield, it’s just a thirty-minute journey from Sunderland to Gateshead’s Metro Centre, the UK’s second-largest shopping centre. Here, under one roof, you’ll find nearly 400 shops.

Sunderland Empire Theatre

With the largest theatre between Manchester and Edinburgh, Sunderland is a theatre-goers heaven and labelled ‘the North East’s West End’. Opened in 1907, Sunderland Empire can seat an audience of 2,000 for shows including War Horse, The Lion King, Wicked and Shrek. The auditorium is also one of the few remaining in the UK to have four tiers – the Orchestra Stalls, the Dress Circle, the Upper Circle and the Gallery.  Visitors can also take a backstage tour for tales of ghostly goings on and decades of showbiz gossip about legendary performers such as The Beatles and Charlie Chaplin.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises in store for visitors to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The Museums Art Gallery shows a significant collection of the works of LS Lowry, an artist who spent lots of time in Sunderland. The temporary exhibitions include high profile visiting exhibitions including works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Canaletto. The Winter Gardens, a 21st Century addition to the museum is a tropical paradise with 2,000 plant species and a treetop walkway looking over Mowbray Park.

Relocation to Sunderland:

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